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Arthur and the Invisibles
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May 29, 2007 By: Quigles
Arthur and the Invisibles order
Director:
Luc Besson

Actors:
Freddie Highmore
Madonna (voice)
Jimmy Fallon (voice)

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In an attempt to save his home from being demolished, Arthur goes on a quest to find his grandfather's lost rubies in the land of the Minimoys.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
With a generic plot that hops around like crazy and characters that spout dialogue faster than the cast of "Gilmore Girls," ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES falls way short of its potential. It also suffers from a big case of LADY IN THE WATER syndrome, as much of the running time is spent randomly spewing out details about various creatures and creations. Then there's the voiceover narration, which only furthers the awkwardness of the storytelling.

Yet, in light of all its problems, ARTHUR still makes for some mildly enjoyable entertainment. It's fast paced enough to keep both kids and adults on their toes (with plenty of action and humorous gags abound), and Freddie Highmore has strong enough screen presence that it becomes easy to ignore the unoriginality of the plot. Things don't exactly mesh well when he becomes a CGI character, but I got used to it.

The celebrity voice acting, on the other hand, was impossible for me to get used to. Almost nobody's voice matches their CGI counterpart, and because of the movie being originally recorded in French, the dubbing sometimes looks off. The only person who fits perfectly is David Bowie (as Malthazard, the villainous tyrant). Others like Jimmy Fallon and Madonna (really now? Madonna? what the hell were they thinking with that one?) feel completely out of place. On the bright side though, Madonna's character is probably the hottest CGI troll-thing ever put on screen. Helping to create a nice transition from the live action scenes, the rest of the CGI looks equally as great... Just not when it's moving. Then it becomes clunky and awkward, much like the film itself.
THE EXTRAS
As worthless as the special features are, they're nothing compared to that awful DVD cover art. Damn, that thing is just hideous.

The Voices of Arthur and the Invisibles (7:08): Some of the not-as-well-known participants from the voice cast discuss working on the film.

In the Recording Studio with Jewel (2:17): Jewel talks about and records a song for the film. I take a two-minute nap.

Also available is The Chosen Trailer from the "Make Your Own Arthur and the Invisibles Movie Mash-Up" Game, the Theatrical Trailer, and a bunch of Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
In trying to make ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES compatible with both U.S. and foreign (specifically French) audiences, it in turn seems to have alienated everybody. The movie's not a complete disaster; it features another great performance from Freddie Highmore, has some funny moments, and moves at a fast clip. It may be awkward and silly, but at least it's not without its charms (as minimal as they may be).
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